How to prepare yourself before a face to face interview?
Congratulations! Your resume got noticed and you’ve been asked to come in for a face-to-face interview. But to nail the interview and land that job offer, careful preparation beforehand is essential. We all know how stressed one can be before an interview. So, you need to be ready in advance for the questions you will be asked, you will have more chances to convince the recruiter that you have the skills, knowledge and experience required for the job. Boost your chances of success with MPH, by following these advice on interview techniques.
Face to face interviews are far more advantageous than phone interviews. Interviewed candidates have more opportunities to impress the interviewer with their clothing, mannerisms and facial expressions. Here are some few tips that will help you:
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW:
Research the organization and know your interviewer
The day before your interview, spend some time to research about the organization and the interviewer. During your interview, you will need to show the employer that you know about and understand the needs of the company. Go through the company’s website, editorials and annual reports. You can use this information to demonstrate your knowledge of the company during the interview.
Prepare yourself Fully understand the role that you're applying for by revisiting the job description, identifying what skills, interests and experiences the employer is looking for.
Study the job description and prepare examples Anticipate a list of potential questions that may be asked by the interviewer. Practice your answers accordingly. Be ready to tell your examples and demonstrate with details how you fit each requirement they listed.
Prepare copies of important documents Make copies of your resume and other important documents (cover letter, list of references, etc.) in advance. Also consider how you'll explain problematic aspects of your CV, such as leaving an employer. Contact your references, alerting them that you'll be interviewing and that they may receive a call.
Dress to impress and be on time Choose your outfit the night before and plan your journey. For men, business shirt long or short sleeves, tie is optional with formal trousers. For women, formal attire is recommended. Always aim to arrive ten minutes early.
DURING THE INTERVIEW
Be professional and confident! You will be judged not only on your ability to do the job itself but also on how well you will get along with the people with whom you will be working. Show confidence during the interview and remain professional.
Communication skills Speak clearly and with confidence when being interviewed. Show your strengths and demonstrate your communication skills to show how you could be a potential asset to the target company. Keep your answers short, simple and honest.
Your body language Body language can communicate almost as much information as what you are saying. Remember, the more positive you feel about the interview and your abilities, the more likely this will be reflected in your body language.
Answering questions well The largest part of your interview will be spent answering questions, so you will definitely want to know how to answer questions well. Never embellish your past accomplishments or claim a skill you do not have. Always focus on the reasons the company should hire you. Speak slowly and carefully to make sure your words are being understood. Do not hesitate to ask questions! Asking questions shows you’re not only engaged in the interview, but interested and already thinking about your future with this company.
Follow-up Completing the interview does not mean you are finished. Don’t leave without determining what the expectations are for the next steps, and how and when YOU should follow-up. If you really want this job, don’t just sit back wait for them to make the next move. You must go after it!
By following the advice in this article, you will be better prepared and more confident for your interview. But if you need our help, as a leading consultancy services organization,
MPH do provide support to the candidates prior to face-to-face interview.